2016 BIG Ten Week 10 Recap
BIG Ten from Week 10 Recap…
November 5, 2016
Yesterday was a one that could be summed up a number of noteworthy performances including number 4 ranked Texas A&M getting knocked off by Mississippi State. Plus the Illini defeated the Spartans for the first time in forever.
Illinois 31, Michigan State 27
It honestly still feels weird to see Michigan State (2-7, 0-6) this bad, and losing to Illinois (3-6, 2-4) is taking it to a whole different level as Sparty has now fallen in seven straight games.
Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry were back under center for the Spartans after Brian Lewerke suffered a broken tibia last week against the Wolverines. O’Connor threw for 265 yards while Terry added 50 yards and a touchdown. Gerald Holmes led the way on the ground with 78 yards and a score. L.J. Scott added 50 yards on 14 carries.
Lovie’s Smith Fighting Illini were led by freshman quarterback Jeff George Jr. and junior tailback Kendrick Foster. George threw for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Foster rushed for 146 yards and found the endzone twice.
Michigan 59, Maryland 3
The Michigan offense did pretty much whatever it wanted to do against the Terps on Saturday. Wilton Speight threw for a career high 362 yards and a pair of scores while De’Veon Smith ran for 114 and a trio of touchdowns. Jehu Chesson hauled in five passes for 112 yards and a score while Amara Darboh also found the endzone.
All in all, the Wolverine offense amassed 660 yards and got out to a 35-0 halftime lead that D.J. Durkin simply wasn’t going to overcome against one of the nation’s top defenses.
The Terps used three quarterbacks with senior Caleb Rowe seeing the bulk of the playing time. Rowe completed 12 of 23 passes for 203 yards but was picked off twice by safety Delano Hill. The Maryland ground game was unable to get anything going, rushing for 78 yards on 38 carries.
Penn State 41, Iowa 14
Penn State was shockingly ranked 12th in the first College Football Playoff Rankings, but maybe that wasn’t quite as silly as some thought. The Nittany Lions routed Iowa yesterday and continue to be one of the hottest teams in the country. How strange is it to see a Penn State squad that has a competent offense and non-statuesque quarterback?
It was the Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkely show in Happy Valley as the duo accounted for all but one of the Nits’ scores. The sophomore quarterback threw for 240 yards and two scores while adding another 40 yards and a touchdown with his legs. Barkley rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown and added another score on his lone catch of the day—a 44-yarder.
Iowa’s offense was bad and Kirk Ferentz should feel bad. C.J. Beathard threw for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the ground game just couldn’t get it going. Akrum Wadley, LeShun Daniels Jr., and Beathard combined for just 30 yards on 26 carries. That is a problem.
Ohio State 62, Nebraska 3
Ohio State rolled Nebraska on Saturday night, 62-3, in front of a crowd of 108,750, second-highest in Ohio Stadium history.
Quarterback J.T. Barrett finished 26-for-38 passing for 290 yards and four touchdowns — three of which went to Curtis Samuel. The two linked up for a 75-yard touchdown strike on the very first play of the second half. Samuel finished with 178 total yards on 13 touches.
The Buckeyes…. whew, what can be said except BE-WARE!
Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 7
The Badgers didn’t need a whole lot from their quarterbacks as the offense relied heavily on senior tailback Corey Clement. Freshman Alex Hornibrook and senior Bart Houston combined to go 13 of 22 for 143 yards through the air. Clement ended the day with 32 carries for 106 yards and a score. Jazz Peavy chipped in with a 46-yard rushing touchdown as well.
The Badger rush defense was stout as the Wildcat running game was held to just 39 yards on 19 carries. Justin Jackson could only manage 42 yards on the day while Clayton Thorson recorded negative yards thanks to a pair of sacks. Wideout Austin Carr followed up his eight-reception performance against the Buckeyes with a 12-catch showing against the Badgers. The senior recorded 132 yards and a touchdown on the day. At some point, you gotta think someone may start covering him.
Minnesota 44, Purdue 31
Indiana 33, Rutgers 27
Next week there’s not a whole lot to get too excited about. Ohio State travels to Maryland to do battle with a familiar foe in D.J. Durkin. Michigan makes its way to Iowa while Indiana will host Penn State. The week’s most intriguing matchup may be in Lincoln when the Gophs come to town.
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